Google Home

7.5/10 AVG.
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  • Google Home
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The Google Home is fun, functional, and should only get better with time.

- Jenny McGrath , Digital Trends 

Specs / Features


Supported Audio Formats: HE-AAC, LC-AAC+, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), FLAC with support for high-resolution streams | Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz) Wi-Fi | Speaker: High excursion speaker with 2” driver + dual 2” passive radiators, Far-field voice recognition supports hands-free use | Power: Required 16.5V, 2A included | Ports & Connectors: DC power jack | Supported Operating Systems: Android 4.1 and higher, iOS 8.0 and higher

Supported Audio Formats: HE-AAC, LC-AAC+, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), FLAC with support for high-resolution streams | Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz) Wi-Fi | Speaker: High excursion speaker with 2” driver + dual 2” passive radiators, Far-field voice recognition supports hands-free use | Power: Required 16.5V, 2A included | Ports & Connectors: DC power jack | Supported Operating Systems: Android 4.1 and higher, iOS 8.0 and higher

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Specification

Brand Google
Release date 4-November-2016
Weight 477 grams (16.8 ounces)

Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)


Better looking, but not as well rounded just yet

from Pocket-lint

If you don't mind waiting for it to mature, then Home is the speaker to get (well, if you're based in the US). But if you must have one now - like, this very second - then go with Echo. Just don't get mad at us when Google Home is just as good (and still cheaper) down the road.

If you don't mind waiting for it to mature, then Home is the speaker to get (well, if you're based in the US). But if you must have one now - like, this very second - then go with Echo. Just don't get mad at us when Google Home is just as good (and still cheaper) down the road.

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An all-voice interface

from Android Police

Would I recommend Google Home? This isn't like a normal phone review where you already know you're going to buy a phone and what you're getting with it. Like any relatively new category or product, you have to decide for yourself if it's possible to derive enough value from it for your money. Fir... More

Would I recommend Google Home? This isn't like a normal phone review where you already know you're going to buy a phone and what you're getting with it. Like any relatively new category or product, you have to decide for yourself if it's possible to derive enough value from it for your money. First, ask if this is even a product you'll need or use. It's not right for everybody.

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Answers questions and follow-ups fairly well

from Digital Trends

Should you buy it? Yes. If you have a Chromecast, the Google Home is the clear choice over an Alexa device, but if you’re looking for a voice-controlled speaker with a smart assistant, they’re both pretty good options, and it comes down to personal preference. At the moment, Alex... More

Should you buy it? Yes. If you have a Chromecast, the Google Home is the clear choice over an Alexa device, but if you’re looking for a voice-controlled speaker with a smart assistant, they’re both pretty good options, and it comes down to personal preference. At the moment, Alexa wins on personality and skills, but the Home has the upper hand when it comes to knowing your routine and understanding you and your questions.

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Smaller and more unobtrusive

from Gizmodo

One day the Google Home will be the smartest and most user friendly computer in your home, but until then, it's just an upgrade to the Amazon Echo. If you want to make like Kirk and Picard and have your own nebulous robot assistant, then right now Google Home is the right choice.

One day the Google Home will be the smartest and most user friendly computer in your home, but until then, it's just an upgrade to the Amazon Echo. If you want to make like Kirk and Picard and have your own nebulous robot assistant, then right now Google Home is the right choice.

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Smart home, meet smart speaker

from Wareable

Just like Amazon Echo's initial release, Google Home shows a lot of promise and will need more time to deliver. For a Google product, you'd think there would be more integration with its own ecosystem, but so far it's been limited. That said, we're confident Google is going to flood Home with ple... More

Just like Amazon Echo's initial release, Google Home shows a lot of promise and will need more time to deliver. For a Google product, you'd think there would be more integration with its own ecosystem, but so far it's been limited. That said, we're confident Google is going to flood Home with plenty of features within the next couple of months, making the $129 price point completely worth it. Right now, it's just another attractive piece of home decor.

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Discrete design, incredible audio quality

from Android Authority

From its warm and inviting design, to its astounding immersive audio quality, Google Home is a pleasant complement to the home. While it’s not entirely integrated with Google’s ecosystem yet, you know that it won’t be long before it can do additional functions – such as re... More

From its warm and inviting design, to its astounding immersive audio quality, Google Home is a pleasant complement to the home. While it’s not entirely integrated with Google’s ecosystem yet, you know that it won’t be long before it can do additional functions – such as read your last text message, scour old emails for reference, and even behave more like a human with some of its responses. Obviously, if you’re the kind of person that religiously uses voice assistant services, Google Home is a no-brainer complement to how we live and interact with our devices in the home. However, if you’re not, then it’ll be nothing more than just another audio speaker to you.

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Simply a smart novelty

from TechRadar

Both wildly intelligent and supremely versatile in the ways in which it can be used, Google Home is farther along in its first week than Amazon Echo was in its first six months. It still has a ways to go to catch up – starting, perhaps, with better integration with Google’s own servic... More

Both wildly intelligent and supremely versatile in the ways in which it can be used, Google Home is farther along in its first week than Amazon Echo was in its first six months. It still has a ways to go to catch up – starting, perhaps, with better integration with Google’s own services – but it has real potential to one day be the smart home command center Google wants it to be.

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Extends the company's reach to casual conversation

from Computerworld

With Google Home, Google wants to make it convenient for you to ask it for stuff as casually as asking the air. Whether you're comfortable with that -- or whether it's inevitable regardless of your comfort level -- is for you to decide.

With Google Home, Google wants to make it convenient for you to ask it for stuff as casually as asking the air. Whether you're comfortable with that -- or whether it's inevitable regardless of your comfort level -- is for you to decide.

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A win and better than the Amazon Echo

from Business Insider

Google introduced a new version of itself at its big product launch event last month. It's finally getting serious about hardware in order to push its excellent ecosystem of services forward. The Pixel phone was a great start, and Home is a thoughtful way to make Assistant even more accessible. H... More

Google introduced a new version of itself at its big product launch event last month. It's finally getting serious about hardware in order to push its excellent ecosystem of services forward. The Pixel phone was a great start, and Home is a thoughtful way to make Assistant even more accessible. Home may be a brand new category of gadget, but Assistant is so smart and works so well that it's like experiencing a bit of the future right now. It's one of those rare products you didn't even know you needed.

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A promising step toward the future

from ZDNet

Should you buy one? Ah, yes, the $129 question. Is Google Home something you should buy? As is usually the case, it depends. Seamlessly interacting with Assistant across multiple devices and through various mediums is a critical feature that can't be overlooked. For someone who is heavi... More

Should you buy one? Ah, yes, the $129 question. Is Google Home something you should buy? As is usually the case, it depends. Seamlessly interacting with Assistant across multiple devices and through various mediums is a critical feature that can't be overlooked. For someone who is heavily invested in Google services, I see no reason not to recommend it. Google Assistant leverages the data you already provide to the company and creates one of the more robust personal assistant experiences currently available.

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